American Repertory Theater

64 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Date Posted:
July 18, 2021

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Administrative

Type:
Part-Time

Accessibility and Disability Justice Organizer

Description:

ROLE DESCRIPTION

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University seeks an Accessibility and Disability Justice Organizer to serve as an in-house expert on accessibility services, supports for people with disabilities, and competencies in accessibility and disability justice for internal and external stakeholders in a live theater environment. Reporting to the Education and Engagement Director, the ADJ Organizer will work in partnership with the Education and Engagement team to oversee, develop, design, evaluate, and execute accessibility initiatives, programs, and accommodations, as well as training and competency-building for staff and stakeholders.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following duties will be performed by the Accessibility & Disability Justice Organizer, in partnership with the Education and Engagement team:

  • Oversee, develop, design, evaluate, and execute accessibility initiatives, programs, and accommodations for audiences and visitors to the American Repertory Theater.
  • Identify needs within disability communities and how they can best be served by the theater’s programs and operations.
  • Creates accessibility resources for A.R.T. programs, which may include social narratives, video captions, and audio description.
  • Serves as point of contact for patron and staff inquiries on accessibility services and questions.
  • Coordinate relationship-building, communications, scheduling, rehearsal support, vendor setup, and payments for access providers for online and live performances and events, including ASL coaches and interpreters, audio describers, open and CART captioners.
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally on how to create more inclusive working environments, communications, and practices specific to departmental needs and operations, including:
    • Collaborate with production and artistic producing staff on the integration of access services into artistic performances and events.
    • Collaborate with marketing, communications, and patron services staff on implementing best practices for relationship-building and communications with existing and potential audiences.
    • Collaborate with the anti-racism engagement co-leads to develop intersectional strategies towards anti-racism and disability justice.
    • Collaborate with staff responsible for A.R.T.’s current building project and capital campaign with an eye towards both architecture and programming for a new performance space in Allston.
  • Coordinate staff learning and training around competencies related to accessibility and disability justice.
  • Evaluate and advocate for adjustments to the theater’s practices to best serve individuals with disabilities, including assembling and consulting with groups of user experts.
  • Other duties as mutually agreed upon.

SCHEDULE & COMPENSATION
  • $25-30/hr. based on experience
  • This is a part-time, hourly position. Weekly hourly commitments may fluctuate based on needs and are expected to fall between 6-14 hours per week.
  • Some weekday and weekend availability will be required.

Additional Information

During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.


DIVERSITY AND BELONGING COMMITMENT STATEMENT

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University strives to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Cambridge and Greater Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States and the world in our programming, artists, audience, boards, partners, and staff. The A.R.T. is committed to developing and producing work and creating environments that embrace the full breadth and beauty of our shared humanity. We unequivocally oppose any attempts to divide our community through acts of discrimination, omission, and violence. We are dedicated to making a welcoming and accessible space for people of any identity, background, or ability, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality or immigration status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical/mental ability, appearance, socio-economic status, education level, and political viewpoint.

Qualifications:

· Education: High school graduate or equivalent, preferably with some professional training beyond high school. Three to four years related work experience preferred.

  • Experience integrating accessibility services into live performances.
  • Experience in project management, relationship-building, and disability justice advocacy.
  • General knowledge of live theater operations.
  • Residency and/or experience working with disability communities in Greater Boston.
  • Experience in organizing, working, and communicating effectively with groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities, and experiences.
  • Ability to communicate in writing and in conversation.
  • Ability to work remotely during COVID-19 restrictions. Teams at A.R.T. commonly Zoom, Google Docs, and Slack for co-working.
  • Practical skills in American Sign Language, audio description, and/or live captioning a plus.
How To Apply:

Please send a resume and expression of your interest in supporting accessibility and disability justice in theater (this may be a cover letter, or another format that best expresses your interest and experience) to A.R.T. Education and Engagement Director Brenna Nicely at education@amrep.org. Please use “Accessibility and Disability Justice Organizer Application” as your subject line.

Apply by:
July 30, 2021
Salary:
$25
About this Organization:

MISSION

The A.R.T. expands the boundaries of theater by transforming the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced, and contextualized, always including the audience as a partner.